Tuesday 16 February the 2016 European Circular Economy Conference which took place in Brussels gathered over 200 participants. Timed to follow the release of the European Commission’s revised Circular Economy Package, a key pillar of the Commission’s work programme for 2016, this conference provided platform for policymakers and stakeholders to debate on how best to deliver economic growth in a resource limited, environmentally challenged context.
The conference also featured a case study session led by SMEs, emerging innovators and disruptors discussing to what extent the new circular economy package can drive disruption among traditional sectors, while boosting economic activity at the SME level. Ecolup was one of them. Ecolup is a web app selected by Smart agri-food, the European Project for accelerating startups from the agro-food sector.
With Ecolup, farmers can offer their harvest waste to people or companies interested in using these as raw material for other products. By doing so, they reduce the environmental impact of agriculture and they promote the reutilization of natural resources. For example, thanks to Ecolup, a producer of orange juice can sell the peel of the fruit to another farmer who will use it as a complement for cattle feedstuff instead of throwing it away.
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“Organic agriculture generates a high variety of waste which can result in interesting material for other organic farms from the community: peels, pruning, animal manure … “The aim of Ecolup is to connect those farmers so that they can exchange their raw material”, says Irene Paredes, one of the two founders of the project with Maya Hernando.
Paredes y Hernando, both engineers from the Polytechnic University in Madrid, plan to launch their portal in September 2016.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org - Twitter: @ECOLUP_ Website : http://eurizon.es/ecolup/
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